Published on 19.09.99 in Vol 1 (1999): Supplement 1
MED3/343: Networked Learner Support in Continuing Medical Education
Introduction: This paper reports data from the second year of the WISDOM research project. This project has established a framework for the delivery of continuing medical education and professional development using information and communication technologies, with a particular focus on networked professional development (NPD) for clinical governance.
Methods: An action research project.
Results: The association of a web site providing resource materials (tutorials, electronic links and other information) with networking technologies, such as e-mail discussion groups and newsgroups, has been demonstrated to be effective in delivering curricula in informatics, evidence-based practice and reflective practice. The virtual classroom may be adapted to serve a number of objectives, and can be adapted to operate as a virtual conference and as a mechanism for research data collection methods, such as the Delphi methodology. The project's findings indicate that there is a need for a coherent policy of networked learner support (NLS) in such virtual classrooms. NLS includes:
Conclusion: It is argued that NPD and NLS must be further researched if information and communication technologies are to be fully exploited as delivery mechanisms in professional development.
J Med Internet Res 1999;1(suppl1):e46
- Education, Medical, Graduate;
- Information technology;
- Networked Professional Development;
- Networked Learner Support
Edited by G. Eysenbach; This is a non-peer-reviewed article. published 19.09.99
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